Women stand on a damaged street in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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The United Nations has called for urgent aid access to Syria's Aleppo, warning civilians are at grave risk including from severe water shortages after fighting intensified for the city.Fears are growing for trapped civilians ahead of what is expected to be an all-out battle for control of Aleppo, Syria's second city and a focal point of the country's five-year civil war. Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain inside the city, once Syria's main economic hub, and UN officials sounded the alarm.UN agencies said Tuesday that up to two million people in Aleppo had gone without running water for four days, raising the risks of disease in a city already devastated by years of fighting. Aleppo has been divided between a rebel-held east and government-controlled west since fighting erupted in the city in mid-2012 .The U.N. says two million people in the city are at risk, including up to 275,000 people in east Aleppo.
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